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2013 Saint Emilion Château Canon La Gaffelière

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion

Not a bad effort but not the class of Canon la Gaffelière. 'Modern' style with more weight, dense even if in a cool way, the tannins steadily build and the woood seems drying. It will be find it its thick way, but lacks lift. Rating: 88 L&S (Apr 2014)

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A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the 2013 is deep purple with a gorgeous nose of black cherry liqueur, mulberries, licorice, graphite and spring flowers. The wine is surprisingly full-bodied, round, with sweet tannin, real succulence, lush texture and a stunning finish. This is a major over-achiever in even great vintages, but in 2013 an effort like this is especially impressive. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. With ridiculously low yields of 8 hectoliters per hectare, this nearly 11.5-acre vineyard, now a Premiere Grand Cru Classe, is situated high on clay and limestone soils above Pavie Decesse. The consultant who has been there since the debut vintage under the new ownership in 1996, is Stephane Derenoncourt. He has hit another home run with the 2013. 2014-2029 Rating: 92-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2014)

Fresh and red fruited the nose is bright and the start of the palate quite light. There are sweeter fruits in the middle red fruits some black fruits and they give richness and depth on the back palate and finish. 2017-27. Rating: 91-93 Derek Smedley MW, 2014)

The yields were a meagre 8 hectolitres per hectare on this super cuvée of Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc, making it typically rich and concentrated, even in a year like 2013. Mint and bitter chocolate notes add complexity to the flavours of plum and black cherry. The wine finishes fresh and long. 2018-26 Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, 2014)

(85 Merlot, 15 Cabernet Franc) 100% new oak. Coming from the top of plateau with its clay soils, this is a powerful, black wine with tart acidity. It seems more structured than it should be in this calibre of vintage. It seems too forced and too clunky but it might settle down. Either way it will need time. Rating: 17++ Matthew Jukes 2014)

Plump, bright and floral. Lots packed in here, surrounded by pleasant grainy tannin. Moderate length but super purity and good ageing potential for the medium term. (RH) Drink 2018-2028. Rating: 17 Richard Hemming MW - 2014)

Yield was 8hl/ha. Deep colour for the vintage. Sweet, firm and structured. Limestone terroir note. Less volume but will age. Drink: 2019-2030. Rating: 17.25 James Lawther MW, 2014)

This year, the La Mondotte is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc picked on 1 and 9 October respectively (yield a massive 8hl/ha!) It has an upfront bouquet with orange rind and even a touch of marmalade, showing a little reduction at first although it blows away with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannins. This is a more conservative La Mondotte compared to recent vintages, much more linear but still fresh and taut. This should give pleasure over the next decade. Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, 2014)

Château Canon La Gaffelière

Château Canon La Gaffelière started out life with two seperate names. It was known as Canon Boitard and La Gaffelière-Boitard in the 19th century. Skipping ahead to modern history, in 1969, Count Joseph-Hubert von Neipperg purchased the Bordeaux wine estate in 1971. The von Neipperg family remain the owners today. Stephan von Neipperg manages the property as well as several other St. Emilion estates owned by the family. The Bordeaux wine property is located south of the St. Emilion village. It’s not far from La Gaffeliere. The terroir is sand and clay. The sandy topsoil adds more sand when you travel further from the slopes. The slope soil has a large concentration of clay. There is also a thick vein of clay in the subsoil, at a depth of between 70 and 150 cm.

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